Why Steve McClaren does NOT fear the sack at winless Newcastle

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren says he doesn’t fear the sack at Newcastle United – as he’s confident he’ll get to see the job through.

McClaren was only appointed as head coach at St James’s Park in the summer.

There’s always scrutiny on you – this is Newcastle. But I’m experienced enough to know that, to deal with it and handle it and it’s really not a problem. The problem is winning football matches.

Steve McClaren

But he is already among the bookmakers’ favourites to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post after a winless start to the season which has left the club propping up the table with just three points from eight games.

This month, Dick Advocaat left Sunderland feeling he could take the club no further, while Brendan Rodgers was sacked at Liverpool.

However, McClaren’s – whose side take on Norwich City at home on Sunday in desperate need of a win – is not concerned about his position.

“There’s always scrutiny on you – this is Newcastle,” he said.

“Always – from day one – but I’m experienced enough to know that, to deal with it and handle it and it’s really not a problem. The problem is winning football matches.”

Asked if he felt his position was being questioned, he added: “No, absolutely not.

“We’ve talked a lot. In one respect, this club, behind the scenes, is planning. We need to do that.

“And the other part of it is winning football matches. That’s the pressure at the present moment.”

United owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley supported Alan Pardew through some troubled times at St James’s Park

And McClaren, also appointed to the board in the summer, is confident that Newcastle’s hierarchy will give him time.

Asked about the support for Pardew and his immediate successor John Carver, McClaren said: “I agree with that and, after talking to them, that’s one of the reasons I came here.

“It’s the same at every football club. If you’re together, and they know you’re doing the job and you’re doing it right, and you’re doing the right things and the players are responding, then wherever you are – be it Newcastle or whatever – they’ll say ‘you know what, we’re on the right lines’.

“Outside of what people know, we’re planning together.

“We realise that the next (transfer) window is going to be very important for us – it’s going to be huge for us.

“We know that and are planning for that and that goes for everybody, from the top to the bottom.

“We’ve got to make sure we do the right things and do the right job and go through the right process and if the club can see that.

“That’s what John Carver demonstrated and obviously what Alan Pardew demonstrated.

“That’s what you call a loyalty.

“You don’t have loyalty if people are thinking ‘this ain’t going to get any better’.

“That’s at any club. They knew that John Carver, with what happened last season, was doing the best he possibly could. The same with Alan Pardew.

“In the end, that loyalty, especially with Alan, was rewarded.

“I have the belief that that is exactly the same with me, as long as we continue making progress, which I believe we are, and they believe we are, then we keep going.”